Rahul Gandhi Says, ‘Nyuntam Aay Yojana Scheme Is A ‘Surgical Strike’ Against Poverty’

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| March 27 , 2019 , 10:24 IST

Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday said that the party’s promised NYAY (Nyuntam Aay Yojana) scheme to guarantee minimum income is a “surgical strike” against poverty.

Gandhi on Monday promised a minimum income guarantee scheme or Nyuntam Aay Yojana (NYAY) if voted to power in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. The proposal involves a transfer of Rs 72,000 per year to 20% of the poorest families in India.

Gandhi also claimed that this “is an extremely powerful, ground-breaking and well-thought through idea”. While all this sounds good, the devil is in the details.

“The planning for the minimum income guarantee scheme had started six months ago. He went on to say that his party consulted "all big economists, without telling anyone , without giving any speeches" Gandhi added.

However, Rahul also stated that Several experts have voiced concerns over the scheme, and said that its implementation would be an uphill task as it would cost Rs 3.6 lakh crore or around 2 percent of the GDP.

"First thing, we came to know was that there should be a minimum income line. We calculated and the result was that the minimum income line should be 12,000 per month," said.

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Whereas, Development Economist Jean Dreze said "NYAY reflects a welcome commitment to social security. The soundness of this proposal, however, depends on how it is to be financed and how the poorest 20 percent are to be identified. Hopefully, the proposal will improve even as the commitment remains."

Syeda Hameed, former member of Planning Commission gave a thumbs up to the scheme though she admitted that it could result in a "fiscal burden" on the exchequer.

"It can change the face of India. It will be a fiscal burden, but there is enough ill gotten money with billionaires which can be put to use by a leader who is honest and who cares," she said.

On helping the poor, Gandhi said, "We thought how it should be done. After discussion and brainstorming, we thought that there should be a minimum income line of Rs. 12,000 per month. Soon after formation of the Congress government in 2019, the minimum income line in India will be Rs 12,000 per month."

Gandhi alleged that poverty and unemployment increased under the Modi government. While the Congress-led UPA government lifted 14 crore people out of poverty, "Modi made them poor again", he claimed.

While attacking Modi, Gandhi said, “He says he is a chowkidar but didn’t tell you whose chowkidar. Does a farmer have a chowkidar? Have you ever seen a chowkidar at a farmer’s home? Or at an unemployed person’s house?

"Now, have you seen a chowkidar at Anil Ambani’s home? How many chowkidars does he have at his home?…. Narendra Modi did not tell you that he is not your chowkidar, but of people such as Anil Ambani and Nirav Modi.” Gandhi added.